Підручник Англійська мова 9 клас для спеціалізованих шкіл з поглибленим вивченням англійської мови - Л.В. Калініна - Генеза 2017 рік

Unit 5 Youth culture

5.4. Special Interest Groups

Word Bank

Phrase Bank

• abseiling;

• a special offer;

• luxurious;

• to overlook.

• to get a discount;

• to strike up acquaintance with something / somebody;

• to get a cultural improvement;

• to be in favour of something;

• to be associated with;

• to tempt something out;

• to feel like doing something.

Communication Box: How to set aims

• My aim is to...

• We all aim to ...

• I’d rather ... ...

• Of course, to ... is all I want.

• ... should ..., right?

• I’m not in your special interest group this time.

• I’m not intended to ...

• No way...

I. Go ahead!

Read Ann Petrenko’s web page about special interest groups in which she and her friends spend their free time. Say how much it is typical of you and your companions.

II. Reading

1. Read the dialogue “At the Meeting of a Special Interest Group” and fill in the preference chart.

Preference Chart





• drama

At the Meeting of a Special Interests Group Part One

Alec: Hey everyone! Are you ready to come up with your ideas for our free time activities? We all aim to have an active vacation, not a lazy one, right?

Phil: Hi, Alec. I’ve found some good information about our possible leisure time in the Lake District. Its beautiful scenery is very popular with tourists and we could take a camping vacation and stay two or more nights in one of the campgrounds near the lakes. It says here provided we book early, we’ll get a discount. I like this special offer. But Helen doesn’t show any enthusiasm about it.

Helen: Exactly. I’m not in your special interest group this time. I’m not intended to go there. There’s too much rain, especially at this time of the year. In case it rains all the time, the holiday will be spoiled. Besides, we should backpack through the mountains and carry those heavy backpacks everywhere and make a fire to cook on. That doesn’t sound relaxing to me. I’d rather go to Stratford-upon-Avon with my family.

Phil: Going with friends may be not as luxurious as with parents, but it’s natural to stop going on holidays with your parents as you get older, I believe. Come on, Helen, going with parents is not so much fun as going with friends.

Ann: Well, if Helen doesn’t go, I won’t go either.

Alec: No way! We used to spend our free time together and this time we’ll do the same. What about abseiling in Cumbria? You, girls, are so poetic and romantic, and this district is associated with Lake Poets who lived there and wrote about it. I believe it is worth it to really get away from it all and enjoy nature with nobody else around.

Ann: Not again. I had enough of it last year in Scotland. My hair stands on end when I even start thinking about it.

Part Two

Ann: My aim is to go somewhere different like ...

Helen: Stratford-upon-Avon? We are both drama club members, Ann, and supposing we stay in Stratford for a few days, we’ll see four or five different plays at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. It presents a constant diet of Shakespeare’s work.

Ann: And you, guys, will be able to take lots of unforgettable pictures for your future photo show. The theatre overlooks a beautiful scene of lush meadows and willow trees on the bank of the Avon and we may have a nice outing there. Pleasure and business combined, you know.

Helen: Since you are keen on history, Phil, there is a replica “in-the-round” Elizabethan stage - named the Swan. They say it’s used for works by Shakespeare’s contemporaries classics from all eras. I guess it’s enough to tempt a real historian out.

Alec: And besides, the people you are with are more important than the place you go to.

Ann: That’s it! Each of us will get a cultural improvement and the best possible time with friends.

Phil: All right, all right. We’ve been disputing over this problem for the better half of an hour and I see no end to it. Unless we agree on something right now, we’ll just have to stay at home, I’m afraid.

Alec: You are a big fan of nature and the great outdoors, Phil. I hope you’ll enjoy yourself.

Helen: Then Stratford with its picturesque views is an ideal place for it, isn’t it?

Phil: OK. So much pressure!

Helen: Agreed then.

Across Cultures: Great Britain

The Lake District (also the Lakes) - a region of lakes and mountains in Cumbria.

Cumbria - a county of North-West England, on the border with Scotland.

Stratford-upon-Avon (also Stratford) - the town in Warwickshire where William Shakespeare was born.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre - a theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, where the Royal Shakespeare Company regularly performs.

Scotland - one of the four countries making up the UK.

III. Language Track

From the dialogue, reproduce the if-clauses that come before the main clauses with correct intonation. Practise saying them with your partner following the pattern.

a) Read and learn how to express aims in the following situations. Look at the photos and fill in the mini-dialogues.

b) Read and give the context to:

Example: - Do you aim to learn foreign languages?

- Exactly. I’m intended to participate in cross-cultural communication.

1. - ...?

- I’m not in your special interest group this time.

2. - ...?

- I’d rather take driving lessons.

3. - ...?

- Of course. To see the world with my own eyes is all I want.

4. - ...?

- No way.

5. - ...?

- Exactly. I’m intended to take up a new hobby.

c) Read and respond expressing aims:

Example: - Excuse me, what’s the aim of this activity?

- It is meant to protect nature and environment.

1. - What are your intentions, I wonder?

2. - Do you aim to take up art?

3. - Are you supposed to participate in the activity?

4. - What is the aim of the festival?

5. - To achieve the aim, you should become a member of the club, right?

1. In the dialogue, find and reproduce grammar constructions in bold and interpret their meanings. Are they the same or different?

2. Paraphrase the sentences using in words in the box.

Example: Don’t think arguing if you don’t know the problem. (unless) Don’t argue unless you know the problem.

1. Relax after running or else you’ll be unable to continue the competition. (otherwise)

2. Provided that you know mapping, you can avoid misunderstanding. (as long as)

3. If you are clever, you won’t join this organization. (supposing)

4. We’ll be late in any circumstances, don’t hurry then. (even if)

5. I’ll put up a tent because it might rain. (in case)

6. If it doesn’t stop raining, we’ll have no running race. (unless)

7. What will you do if you join Plast? (imagine)

3. Read the letter and fill it in correctly.

Dear Helen,

... I was glad to hear from you and I want to know more about your new cultural group. __1__ I can visit you, will it be OK? ___2___ I can have enough time before my new term begins, I ___ 3___ at the end of August. __4__ I don’t come in August, you’ll write me more about your Emo youth group. When I ___5___your photo I was amazed. ___ 6___ I know you well I ___ 7___ recognize you. Why do you wear your hair in extreme side-partings and have black eyeliners? ___8___ you’ve changed your looks, ___ 9___ you be an Emo? I think you ___10 ___ be prettier if you become your former self. It’s just my first observation. When I come we may discuss it.

Look forward to seeing you. Say hello to your mum and dad for me.



1. A. If only

B. In case

C. Supposing

D. Proving

2. A. In case

B. Unless

C. If only

D. Otherwise

3. A. come

B. will come

C. would come

D. came

4. A. Provided

B. In case

C. Even if

D. Or else

5. A. will see

B. saw

C. in case

D. even if

6. A. even if

B. unless

C. imagine

D. as long as

7. A. won’t

B. wouldn’t

C. didn’t

D. don’t

8. A. Imagine

B. Even if

C. In case of

D. Unless

9. A. were

B. will you

C. was

D. as long as

10. A. will be

B. were

C. would

D. are

IV. Communication Track


a) Read what aims American teenagers set to be achieved at leisure and compare

them with those mentioned in the dialogue above. Begin with:

• Similar to .... • In comparison with ....

• Like/ unlike ... • In contrast to ...

Many Americans believe that free time is the time to have fun and only partly to relax. Nowadays people are seeking a quieter, less stressful and less expensive vacation and often go camping and hiking. There are many national parks throughout the country which offer low priced camping spots.

Many Americans like this idea because it offers the opportunity “to lose others” for a bit and to enjoy meditative silence of nature alone.

Others like summer parties which are usually picnics in the park or at the oceanside, river or lake. They pack a basket and a grill and head to the community park, lake or riverside to enjoy themselves. As a rule they spend the entire day in the park waiting for night to fall.

b) In pairs, discuss your special interests and shared aims. Use the pattern.


A. Hey, ... , are you ready ... ? We all aim to... ?

B. Hi, ... . I’ve found ... . It says here ... , but ... .

A Well, I’m not intended to... . There’s ... and ... . If ... the leisure time will ... . Besides ... . I’d rather ... .

B. We used to ... . What about ... ? I believe ... .

A. Not again! I had enough ... . Why don’t we ... ? It ... and ... .

B. Since I’m keen on... . I guess ... .

A. And besides, ... .

B. That’s it! Each of us ... .

A. All right, all right. If we can’t ... .

B. You are a big fan of nature and ... . I hope ... .

A. Agreed then. I’m sure ... .

c) In the whole class, discuss the following ways to get involved in youth special interest groups. Add your own ideas and comment on them.

How to Join Youth Special Interest Groups

• Find an issue that you are passionate about.

• Contact a special interest group in your area (if any).

• Consider starting your own special interest group.

• Other (Please specify).

• Other (Please specify).


a) Before you listen

You are going to listen to the humorous story “Let’s Have a Picnic”. Brainstorm with your classmates the advantages and disadvantages of a picnic. Illustrate your ideas with real-life examples.

b) While you listen

Listen to the story and mark the true statements.

1. Picnics are popular with those people who know how to put up a tent.

2. Children are fond of picnics because they can eat what they want.

3. Women like picnics because they don’t have to trouble about meals.

4. The best place for a picnic is a river side.

5. Picnickers usually catch a lot of fish.

6. Nobody leaves empty containers on the picnic site.

7. All picnickers like to collect wood.

8. Picnic is mostly anticlimax late at night.

9. Good picnickers know how to open a bottle on a rock.

10. Picnics are also meant for singing.

c) After you listen

In groups, think and decide if you agree with the old saying: “There is no place like home” in the context of the story.


a) Before you write

If you want to give people information about the coming meeting of a special interest group, use a flyer.

A flyer is a form of paper advertisement intended for wide distribution in a public place to give people information of an event that is going to happen, use a flyer.

In groups, brainstorm with your friends what information you would like to present.

• Make a list of words and phrases to use in your flyer to draw readers’ attention.

b) While you write

How to write a flyer for meeting of a special interest group

Content Tips

Language Tips

1. Think of a striking title of the flyer.

2. Make notes of the main points you want to include in your flyer.

3. Highlight the most attractive sides of the special interest group.

4. Try to accompany it with any photos or other illustrations.

5. Be precise in time and place descriptions.

• Are you interested in ...?

• Do you feel like ...?

• There’s nothing more interesting than ...

• Come and ...

• Join our special interest group ...

• Don’t hesitate to come ...

• You’ll be impressed by ...

• You’ll enjoy ...

At Home: In your WB, write a flyer for a meeting of a special interest group.

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